Shea Patterson made the American Family Insurance ALL-USA preseason team and is the No. 1 player in the Rivals.com football rankings for the class of 2016. The senior quarterback at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) helped lead Calvary Baptist (Shreveport, La.) to state titles the past two seasons. The Ole Miss commit has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access to his world by chronicling his season at IMG, which is 6-0 and No. 8 in the Super 25 high school football rankings.
Hey, what’s up everyone, I’m Shea Patterson. We don’t have a game this week, so I get a little mental breather.
The coolest part about the season is the amount of high-profile guys we have and everyone is so unselfish. We have Tony Jones running the ball, plus me and Drake Davis on the offensive side and nobody cares who gets the credit. On defense, we have so many athletes and all we care about is winning. I think that is one of reasons we’ve been so successful this year.
It’s pretty demanding to go to IMG and it makes you more accountable than any other high school in the country. The best part of it is the schedule we’re on. From going to class at 7 a.m. until noon and then going to lunch and then right after lunch, we have football meetings and then right after that, we have practice and after practice, we have an hour and a half free time and after that, you go right to study hall, preparing for what tests you might have coming up and then curfew at 10:30. It’s challenging at times, but a year from now, I’m going to have to do this at college.
When we do get a break, we go to the beach a lot or go out to eat. All of these guys are cool and they’re like my brothers. We like each other and we hang out, play Xbox, and have Madden tournaments.
It’s been a big adjustment for me, coming down here. It’s my first time being away from family. I just had to suck it up a bit. My parents did a good job of going to my game every other weekend. I haven’t been separated from my little brother (Nick) this long before. I definitely miss him a lot. He’s in the eighth grade and its so weird to already hear talk about him in recruiting. I remember when I was 11 or 12 and he was 8 or 9 and he couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time. He’s already taller than me. He’s 6-21/2 right now.
It’s weird looking at him and seeing how far he’s come. He’s so mature for his age and thinks he’s the smartest student in the world. It makes me happier to see him excel than to see my own accolades. He’s playing in the Eastbay All-American game right before the U.S. Army Game. I think he’s going to play tight end on offense and he might play defensive end on defense. That was one of the main reasons why I chose the Army game, that and all the family that I have in Texas who can watch us both play.
Me and Drake Davis went to the Ole Miss-Vandy game a couple of weeks ago. It was an unofficial visit because I’m taking my official visit to Ole Miss during the Texas A&M game (Oct. 24). It was awesome. I had been to one other Ole Miss game, the Auburn game, but I got there late so I didn’t get to experience the game-day atmosphere. A couple of weeks ago was the first time in the Grove and it was just awesome. There were so many people there who knew who Drake and I were. The way their offense is looking this year, I feel like I could fit in so well. I feel like I could run it pretty good with the athletes they have.
They lost to Florida and I was at that game (in Gainesville). It was right after our game Oct. 2 with St. Joseph Regional. I don’t think anybody in the country would have beaten Florida that night, the way their crowd was and the way they played. The loss hurt (Ole Miss) somewhat, but as long as they win out, they’re in the SEC championship, so they’re in a good position right now. The Ole Miss fans are awesome. I hear from five to 10 of them every day. They show a lot of love on Twitter and I think they’re the best fans in the country.
That’s it until next time.
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